Camille <3 (doesn't Austin look good with a baby?)
How do you handle kids getting out of bed when they are supposed to be going to sleep? I know I need to be consistent and firm but when Natalie slips out of bed and calls to me in her little high Natalie-voice saying, "Mommy....can I have a hug?" how do you say no to that!? I try to compromise by giving her a hug and then immediately sending her back to bed. I want her to know that I'm always there for her but also that when it's bed time, it's bed time.
We've been going on lots of adventures lately. My mom teaches piano lessons in the mornings now that it's summer so we've been trying to get out of her way when we're in Omaha. We found a perfect splash pad/park at Seymour Smith, super close to my parents' house, and the water turns on at 9am!!! Three hours earlier than the other splash pads we've been to. Super awesome. The other awesome part about it is the park is called AllPlay because it's wheelchair accessible and meant to accommodate individuals with developmental or physical disabilities. When we were there we were surrounded by a day program for developmentally challenged adults and it was joyful to watch them splash and play and run around without inhibitions. My kids loved playing with them - they played tag, ran around splashing each other, and one guy even tried to help Jack go up the ladder at the park. It was so cool to be a part of such an inclusive place - I foresee a LOT of visits to this park in our future.
|Jack and Natalie were the only kids for the first hour or so.|
Natalie is on the right and Jack is in red shorts on the left.
|JOY! He kept racing into the water and then racing back to tell me|
"WATER!!! WATER!!!! I'M WET!"
|I should have taken pictures of the finished products|
|Natalie is in pink in the middle-ish, and I have no idea where Jack is.|
It didn't help that he was wearing that same color blue.
|I've never seen anything like this!|
I cleaned out our bathroom cabinet and didn't have a good place to put this Biore nose strip so I used it and Natalie was very confused when she came into the bathroom. I didn't really want to go into zits/blackheads with a four-year-old so I just told her it made my nose healthy. She decided she wanted her nose to be healthy, too, so I let her put a bandaid on her nose.
My mom is redoing her kitchen cabinets so we couldn't come over one morning and I took the kids to see Cars 3! Jack did predictably *well* for a 2-year-old....sat in his chair for the first little while with popcorn and drink, and then when that wore off he just wanted to roam. Luckily the theater wasn't very full and the top two rows were empty so I let him just race around up there. Natalie loved it - she loves going to the movie theater!